Category Archives: Aggregators/lists/rankings

30 Countries with the Most Economic Freedom

 

The 23rd (2017) edition of the Index of Economic Freedom was released, and the results are surprising. According to the website, “In economically free societies, governments allow labor, capital, and goods to move freely, and refrain from coercion or constraint of liberty beyond the extent necessary to protect and maintain liberty itself.” Feel free to take a minute to guess the top 5 countries… and then feel silly knowing that you were inevitably totally wrong.

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6 Ridiculous Fake News Stories of the Past Year

Donald Trump sends his own plan to transport stranded marines, ISIS endorses Hillary Clinton and she sold them weapons, and Rage Against the Machine gets back together. Yep, this year had more fake news than fact-checkers had ever seen before, thanks to the gullibility of the American public, the absurdity of Trump, and the efforts of people who have been working hard to create fake news for the purpose of exploiting those first two things. This article talks briefly about 6 brief stories that fooled enough people to cause a news-storm. It wasn’t pretty… but it was ridiculous.

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The 10 Coolest Science Stories of 2016

There was a lot of interesting stuff that happened this year, from discoveries to developments of fancy new technologies. This article is all about the science of the last 12 months – the news that was overshadowed by the politics. Therefore, this is a subjective list, because some stories are just better than others. But by staying away from the stories that dominated the news, I am sure you will learn something new as well as find out how the science world is changing. The 10 stories are not ranked, just aggregated for being fascinating.

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Top News Stories of 2016 (in comedy videos)

No two ways around it – 2016 was a big year. There were a lot of huge stories this year, including the refugee crisis, the Brussels bombings, the Zika virus, the Orlanda shooting, Black Lives Matter protests, a coup was attempted in Turkey but failed miserably, the Rio Olympics, Hurricane Matthew, the death of Thailand’s beloved king, and the ongoing destruction of Aleppo. And we haven’t even gotten to the worst news – “believe me.” But rather than reading depressing news that makes it even harder to get up in the morning, I decided to keep each story light and concise. So let’s look on the brighter side.

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Most Expensive and Successful Luxury Brands

We hear lots of brand names in the news, on TV, and in movies. Chances are, even without being particularly well-versed in fashion (or any other industry with various degrees in luxury), we likely have at least a small sense of what may be considered glamorous  or luxurious. However, which brands are really at the top of the chart? Rather than looking subjectively at what kinds of things I may personally like, this article shows what are the most expensive and successful brands, as well as the brand value.

 

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Top Travel Destinations and Most Visited Places of 2016

Since it’s summer, it’s a good time to look at the world’s top travel destinations. Of course, there are a lot of ways to look at what might be considered a “top destination,” and below are several rankings that look at destinations around the world in terms of different metrics. For example, one ranking shows self-reports of tourist favourites, another shows specific sites in terms of popularity, and yet another shows the hard numbers, looking at how many visitors stayed overnight inside the country’s borders. Whatever you consider to indicate a “top” destination, the rankings are below.

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The Easiest and Hardest Languages to Learn

Crazy long name of lake on sign

Some languages you can get the hang of, some languages are pretty tough, and some languages are downright difficult. …And then there are those special few, those ridiculously complex ones, that take so long to master, that you’re pretty much hopeless to master it unless you started at a very early age, or moved to the place in which that language was spoken. Let’s look at the hardest languages to learn.

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Best Business Schools Everywhere in the World (2015-2016)

Graduates in Cap and Gown --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

There are lots of sites that have this information, but they require that you click through 25 times to get the information you want. I solved that problem. This article is not about a ranking. It is a list of schools that should be on your radar if you are looking at business schools anywhere in the world.

It shows the best business schools in the world – not the best overall universities. Of course, there is some overlap; but keep in mind that many of these business schools are not even part of a university.

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Top 30 Countries for Paid Leave & Holidays

Out of office – vacation at sea

Sometimes you can’t wait to get off the laptop and just head to the beach. When it comes to paid leave, however, some countries just have it better than others. I was interested in looking at which countries have the highest amount of paid leave, and which are not so lucky.

Only major countries were used for this comparison. Though there was some conflicting information, I mostly used data from the Center for Economic and Policy Research and the International Labour Organization. The numbers below represent the total number of paid leave days (followed by the breakdown of paid vacation days, and paid public holidays, in parentheses like this).

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How to Think About Employment

Jobs Silhouettes

In order to learn more about the world, I have become interested in the study of what affects absolutely everyone throughout their adult lives: work. This article is meant to serve as a primer, to briefly introduce the key concepts and basic theories that are most commonly used to conceptualize what we know about work, employment, and management. I have attempted to explain and simplify fundamental models, frameworks, and theories, and these should be helpful when considering the broad topic of international business.

 

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